The Bones of Paradise
On Sale: August 2, 2016
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Fiction | Historical
The award-winning author of The River Wife
returns with a multigenerational family saga set in the
unforgiving Nebraska Sand Hills in the years following the
massacre at Wounded Knee—an ambitious tale of history,
vengeance, race, guilt, betrayal, family, and belonging,
filled with a vivid cast of characters shaped by violence,
love, and a desperate loyalty to the land.
after the Seventh Cavalry massacred more than two hundred
Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, J.B.
Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American
woman, are murdered in a remote meadow on J.B.’s land. The
deaths bring together the scattered members of the Bennett
family: J.B.’s cunning and hard father, Drum; his estranged
wife, Dulcinea; and his teenage sons, Cullen and Hayward. As
the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the history of the
dysfunctional Bennetts and their damning secrets is
revealed, exposing the conflicted heart of a nation caught
between past and future.
At the center of The
Bones of Paradise are two remarkable women. Dulcinea,
returned after bitter years of self-exile, yearns for
redemption and the courage to mend her broken family and
reclaim the land that is rightfully hers. Rose, scarred by
the terrible slaughters that have decimated and dislocated
her people, struggles to accept the death of her sister,
Star, and refuses to rest until she is avenged.
kaleidoscopic portrait of misfits, schemers, chancers, and
dreamers, Jonis Agee’s bold novel is a panorama of America
at the dawn of a new century. A beautiful evocation of this
magnificent, blood-soaked land—its sweeping prairies, seas
of golden grass, and sandy hills, all at the mercy of two
unpredictable and terrifying forces, weather and
lawlessness—and the durable men and women who dared to tame
it. Intimate and epic, The Bones of Paradise is a
remarkable achievement: a mystery, a tragedy, a romance, and
an unflagging exploration of the beauty and brutality,
tenderness and cruelty that defined the settling of the
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